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Knox at the Iowa Caucus

Knox Students at the Iowa Caucus

A group of Knox students found themselves in the thick of the national political scene when they attended the Iowa Republican caucuses on January 3. They traveled to Coralville, Iowa as part of a political science course and observed the first step in the process of choosing the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. The course focuses primarily on two questions: How do people decide whether or not to vote? How do they decide for whom to vote?

"I had always imagined what the caucuses must be like since they get so much media coverage, but I think having the first-person experience gave me a lot of clarity about the process," said junior Gretta Reed, an environmental studies major from Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Read more about what the students experienced in Iowa and learn more about Knox’s political science program.

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Knox in New York: Art on Location

Eleven Knox College students studied in the Big Apple over winter break for a face-to-face experience with the art that has shaped our nation. Knox in New York, a course in the art department, combines art history and studio work with a two-week residency experience in New York City. During the term, students were provided a studio space and broad assignments each week in order to experiment and develop their own visual vocabularies. Junior Kelly Eigenberger details her experience, giving a first-hand account of her journey to New York City.

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International Fair 2012

Knox College -- one of the most international liberal arts colleges in the nation -- will host its 31st annual International Fair this year. Along with international dining and entertainment, the College's International Club will host free, public events on this year's theme, "Growing Up International," providing insights from students and faculty who grew up outside the United States. Learn more about the event and see pictures from the fair last year.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Knox College hosted its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a convocation that included musical performances, poetry readings, and an address that focused on King's belief in economic justice. Professor Konrad Hamilton, chair of the American studies program, noted that King "showed us how to exercise our collective power and responsibilities as American citizens." King's approach -- nonviolence and civil disobedience -- grew from a long-standing tradition of activist citizenship in the United States exhibited by numerous historical figures. Read more about Knox’s annual tradition of celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Knox Shows Strength at Computer Programming Contest

Knox College scored among the top five liberal arts colleges in the region in the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery Intercollegiate Programming Contest. For the second year in a row, Knox fielded three teams in the competition who were pitted against 143 teams from 58 colleges and universities. "We did well, and the competition is getting tougher," said computer science professor John Dooley. Read more about the student’s success and the computer science program that helped them achieve it.

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Knox Grad Lives Double Life

Jack Helbig of the Daily Herald writes, "As a student at Knox College, Naperville native Dave Urlakis double majored in theater and economics. When it came time to choose which way to go, he couldn’t. 'Two roads diverged in the woods,' Urlakis jokes, 'and I took them both.' Nine years after graduation, Urlakis maintains this double life. By day, he is the director of marketing and analytics at Jellyvision, a Chicago-based high-tech media company. By night, Urlakis is one half of a comedy duo." Read more about Urlakis after Knox in the Chicago Daily Herald.

Professor Assists the FedEx Panda Express

Alt TextMichael Godsil, Knox professor specializing in photography and photojournalism, played a key role in a worldwide news event in Scotland, where he photographed the arrival of two giant pandas from China. Only a few photographers -- Godsil, another still photographer, and a small documentary video crew -- were permitted on the tarmac to chronicle the pandas' arrival at Edinburgh Airport. Other photographers and journalists had to stay in a remote designated area. "This truly was a global media event," said Godsil, a 1976 Knox College graduate. "It was the lead story everywhere in the U.K. and through most of the (European Union)." Read more about Godsil’s journey to Scotland and learn about Knox’s art and journalism programs.

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Award Winning Writer, Scholar to Speak on Islamic World

Robin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the birth, rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. She will look at the struggle within the Muslim world, where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism, at the inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs. Learn more about Wright and Knox’s political science department.

Student Laureate Conducts Clinical Psychology Research

Alt TextLauren Smith says she expected challenging classes at Knox College. The Knox senior and recipient of a 2011 Student Laureate Award came to Knox with the hope of one day becoming a social worker. However, after studying with Knox faculty in class and working with faculty mentors on research projects, Smith says she's now charting a different course. "I started doing research [in the psychology department], and I realized that it was something that I want to keep doing," said Lauren. "Now I'm leaning toward the idea of being a professor in clinical psychology, doing research that is informed by knowledge from working with people directly." Learn more about Lauren’s academic shift and Knox’s psychology program.

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Top 10 Tips for Filling Out the FAFSA

Lynn O'Shaughnessy writes, "It's financial aid season, which means millions of families will be grappling with the FAFSA in the next few weeks. Chances are most families are going to make mistakes when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. These mistakes can be costly and may even keep you from receiving the financial assistance for which you qualify." Here are 10 tips to help you successfully complete the FAFSA at CBSNews.com.

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Fast Fact

The number of countries Knox students call home
51 The number of countries Knox students call home.

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